History SA's museums all have a collection of toys, documenting different aspects of childhood play. These collections include traditional dolls, teddy bears, toy trains, boats, blocks, model cars and tricycles. Often collected for the stories they tell of the children who owned them, other toys in the collection are iconic objects or collectable pieces in their own right.
Children's toys provide an insight into childhood, play and how attitudes towards children have changed over time. Many also reflect the technology and interests of the time in which they were created.